How to Grow More Veggies In Less Garden Space
If your home garden space is small and you're looking for a way to get more produce from a tiny vegetable patch, try growing veggies on a trellis or vertical plant support. Many vegetables produce more fruit in less space grown on a vegetable trellis. Veggies grown vertically are easier to harvest, and they stay clean with less rot, too.
I use a free-standing staked vertical garden trellis strung with nylon garden netting to support peas in a small kitchen garden near my back door, plus I plant a later crop of peas and lettuce beneath the lean-to frame; the slight shade cools the soil and air a bit for these veggies that wilt and bolt in the heat of summer.
Adding a trellis to your vegetable garden is a good investment that will increase your harvest yield in a small space garden patch. Go vertical and get more harvest from a small garden or raised bed planter.
DIY Veggie Trellis Supplies
I use all different types of small space veggie garden supports
You can find a nice range of commercial garden trellis kits available, or you can make your own vegetable trellis supports. I like to use a lean-to design trellis in my vegetable garden to grow cucumbers and plant lettuce or peas in the shady space below the mesh.
I grow peas in a raised bed garden right outside my back door. My robust patch of sugar snap peas gets plenty of support from a simple stretched nylon netting trellis that spans three sides of the growing box.
In my flower garden along the back of our house, I grow more pea vines on a simple twig trellis I made from thin tree branch trimmings woven together using a simple wattle fence technique. The peas share the twig trellis with a climbing rose I can see from the kitchen sink window.
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In my big vegetable garden, pole beans climb up a series of bean towers I made by lashing together the tops of 4 long sapling poles cut from the woods behind our house. Our cucumbers are living the high life lifted up off the soil with a lean-to vegetable support trellis made with recycled garden fence and more sapling poles.
Lean to style steel cucumber trellis.
Tall vegetable trellis (76") is great for beans, cucumbers or flowers.
Skyscraper garden vegetable growing support system with narrow planter box and trellis that attaches to a wall or fence.
Keep vines and veggies off the soil away from slugs and dirt with a vertical garden support
Cucumbers, squash,melons and tomatoes grow on vines and they're quite happy sprawling all over the ground in your garden, but if you need to save space or want to keep your veggies up off the soil, grow them on a trellis. When you grow cucumbers or tomatoes vertically on a trellis support they're easier to pick, they don't get deformed or rotten and they stay clean. There's less chance of slug or rodent damage when you provide a sturdy trellis for your veggies to climb.
DIY Vegetable Trellis - how to make a vegetable garden trellis like the one shown above, an inexpensive and sturdy vegetable trellis for your vegetable garden. Takes about an hour and costs less than $5.00.
Beauty and function in a small space vertical garden box planter
This cedar vertical garden planter is beautiful and sturdy. I would love to have this on my patio, to plant with vegetables and flowers. Vertical gardens are easy to care for and produce an abundance of vegetables and flowers in a small space.
Natural unfinished cedar wooden raised bed planer box with attached trellis lets you grow vegetables or flowers vertically in back, and smaller plants in front. Sturdy planter system measures 48" x 48".
Trellis or No Trellis?
There are many different ways to maximize produce in a small space garden. Trellising is only one solution ... have you tried it?
Good or Waste of Money/Time?
Some gardeners love trellises and plant supports, while others just let plants "do their thing" in the garden. Share your thoughts here ...
Do vegetable trellises and supports increase produce yields in small space gardens?
Yes, I get way more veggies from my little garden when I use plant supports
No, I have no difference in my garden yields if I use trellising or plant supports
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Maximize space while adding to the natural beauty of your garden with this arched pergola planter kit. You get a planter plus trellis that's decorative and functional.
This garden pergola vertical garden kit consists of two substantial cedar planter boxes fitted with trellis backs that join overhead to form a pergola. Plants can also be placed in pots below or near the boxes to maximize vertical growing space.